Are you ready to go on an exciting and dangerous adventure? Kong: Skull Island will see a return to the home of a certain monstrous ape, thanks to a mission headed by top secret organization Monarch.
The tropical danger zone is literally crawling with a menagerie of beasts, from giant horned buffalos to slithering reptilians. It's even got its own tribe of what must be the most hardy people on the planet, who coexist with their hungry neighbors to the best of their abilities.
But is there really "a place where myth and science meet", surrounded by electrical storms and riddled with nightmarish wonders? More realistically: does Skull Island have an actual, real life location? The answer to one of those questions is yes.
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Where Is Skull Island Now?
Skull Island has remained the mysterious constant throughout the King Kong franchise. It was first revealed in the original 1933 King Kong as a nameless island to the west of Sumatra, in the Indian Ocean. This location was also used for Peter Jackson's 2005 remake.
However, the 2017 reboot tells us that Skull Island is "an island in the South Pacific"— that's a completely different ocean altogether. This not only distances the reboot from the original, but establishes a brand new location.
Discover Skull Island
Discover Skull Island is an online Alternate Reality Game (ARG) released alongside the film. It features snippets of audio recordings from Monarch's team, grainy 1970s footage and case files on a few of the island's menacing inhabitants. It also provides a little information on Skull Island's geography, and even its exact coordinates.
Skull Island now appears to be located in the Coral Sea off the East Coast of Australia, surrounded by the islands that make up Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands.
According to coordinates from both the 1933 King Kong and these new ones, the map below shows Skull Island's old location (to the left) and new (to the right):
The Perfect Location For A Showdown With Godzilla
As well as being located in a far less remote patch of ocean, Skull Island's new location also places it closer to another island from the King Kong universe.
As one Redditor pointed out, the South Pacific is also where Farou Island is said to be located. Farou Island was featured in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla, and was shown to be Kong's home.
It's possible that Farou Island will again be used in the 2020 reboot, Godzilla vs. Kong. Could this be the location for an epic showdown between Godzilla and Kong?
Is There A Real Skull Island?
Unfortunately, the coordinates from both the original and the new Kong movies only show up as empty ocean on a map— though maybe Skull Island really is still waiting to be discovered. Are Monarch conspiring with Google Maps to keep its location a secret? Probably not.
Nevertheless, you can still experience some of the wonder and thrills that Kong: Skull Island has to offer by visiting the movie's filming locations. Much of the film was shot in nearby Queensland, Australia, which boasts lush, tropical wilderness— not to mention its own assortment of terrifying and even deadly creatures.
The crew also filmed many scenes in the north of Vietnam, as well as Oahu, Hawaii. No doubt the shots of Vietnam's tangled jungles helped to establish Skull Island's authentic 1970s feel.
Check out the island for yourself in the trailer for Kong: Skull Island: